Hors-la-loi (Lucky Luke)

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Lucky Luke #6
Cover of the Belgian edition
Date 1954
Series Lucky Luke
Publisher Dupuis
Creative team
Writers Morris
Artists Morris
Original publication
Published in Spirou magazine
Date of publication 1954
Language French
Preceded by Lucky Luke contre Pat Poker, 1953
Followed by L'Élixir du Dr Doxey, 1955

Hors-la-loi is a Lucky Luke comic by Morris, it was the sixth album in the series and was printed by Dupuis in 1954. The story pits Lucky Luke against a fictionalized version of the Dalton brothers. It is also the first Lucky Luke story that was based (loosely) on real historical events from the Old West.

Atypically for a Lucky Luke adventure, the villains are killed at the end, as the Dalton brothers meet their fate during the historical 1892 bank robbery at Coffeyville, Kansas. The story departs from historical truth as Bill Dalton is portrayed as taking part in the robbery while he did not operate with his brothers, and Emmett Dalton is shown as dying in the robbery while the historical Emmett Dalton survived the Coffeyville shootout, served 14 years in prison, and died in 1937.

The Dalton characters proved so popular among readers that Morris created a new version of the gang, with their four identical-looking cousins, who went on to become Lucky Luke's main antagonists.


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